Louis Grivetti

UC Davis Department of Nutrition

Louis Grivetti graduated from Berkeley in 1960 with an A.B. in paleontology with an academic minor in anthropology. He entered graduate school at Berkeley in fall, 1960, and received his MA in paleontology in 1962. In June, 1962, he was commissioned Lieutenant j.g. in the United States Public Health Service and served on active duty in Cincinnati, Ohio, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. After discharge from the USPHS in 1964, he joined Vanderbilt University, Division of Nutrition, Department of Biochemistry, as a research anthropologist and field assistant. Between 1964-1970, he was a member of the Vanderbilt team that conducted zinc-related research in Egypt at the village of Sindion in the Delta region north of Cairo until the work was interrupted by hostilities (6-Day War in June, 1967).

In September 1970 he returned to graduate school at UC Davis and embarked upon an academic program that combined geography with nutrition science. During the years 1973-75 when conducting fieldwork for his Ph.D. dissertation, he was employed by Meharry Medical College, Nashville, and attached to the Ministry of Health, Republic of Botswana, southern Africa, where he served as Administrative Officer for the Meharry/Botswana Maternal Child Health, Family Planning project. His dissertation research during this period examined nutritional success during drought in the eastern Kalahari Desert.

Dr. Grivetti received his Ph.D. in Geography at UCD in 1976 and the same year joined the UCD Departments of Nutrition and Geography. Through the years his nutrition research has focused on human food patterns and how cultural decisions influence nutritional status of individuals and groups, whether from contemporary or historical perspectives. He and his students have conducted their research on food patterns and nutritional status in the United States, as well as in Africa (Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Swaziland); Asia (Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Turkey, West Bank, Thailand and Viet Nam; Europe (Greece and Ireland); and the Americas (Brazil and Mexico).

He is past Chair of the Graduate Group in Nutrition, and Graduate Group in Geography at UCD and holds memberships in several professional societies, among them American Society for Nutrition Research, and the Society for International Nutrition Research. His honors include the 1977 Nutrition Foundations of North America and Europe award for the best nutrition-related book published globally that year: Food: The Gift of Osiris (Academic Press), co-authored with William J. Darby and Paul Ghalioungui. During 1987-1990 he served as the Institute of Food Technologists Scientific Lecturer for the United States. Professor Grivetti has lectured widely on cultural-historical food themes both in the United States and abroad and has held five Visiting Professorships: South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota (1984-1985); Whittier College, Whittier, California (1985); Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (2000); Harokopio University, Athens, Greece, (2002), and Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, England (2003). He is past member of the Editorial Board of the Cambridge World History of Food Project, and two professional journals: Ecology of Food and Nutrition, and International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. Currently he serves on the editorial board of Nutrition Today and the  Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.

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